Where to buy Ethical Accessories
The Ultimate Accessories Cheat Sheet began as a list of companies that I really liked, some of them have been featured in the magazine or in the blogs and it occurred to me that creating a comprehensive guide of places to shop would be a good thing right?
I get approached by companies who are great, mediocre, and sometimes really awful that want to get promoted on the site or in Thinkmag. But the truth of the matter is, just because they’re ethical or eco-friendly isn’t enough to get published on this site. Giving good value and quality for the money is at the forefront of what we love best here at Thinkmag, That is why I decided to create the first ethical accessories guide to give viewers a chance to find beautiful, stylish, on trend and timeless pieces. This guide will educate you on the featured brands, not to mention it will help to know where to buy. The ethical accessories guide will help you choose beautiful well-crafted shoes, bags, and jewellery that look far from homemade. Enjoy the ethical accessories guide as a reference and use it to find gifts or gift yourself!
I think you’ll agree that finding value for your hard earned money is at the top of everyone’s list these days. Spending money on accessories that turn colour or break in a couple of months isn’t considered good value is it? Investing in quality pieces for yourself or to give as a gift will last a lot longer and you can keep it to hand down, trade it at a swap party, or even resell it if you desire. The idea is to invest in better purchases that will give you a longer return for your money. Ethical accessories are not only made well, but these jewellers make smaller batches, making them unique and special. Jewellers are also reusing their materials where possible, keeping their prices reasonable enough to start a collection.
What to look for
Make sure to buy precious metals like silver or gold pieces but if you can’t afford it, brass and gold or silver plated brass pieces are also a desirable quality. They will last a lot longer than cheaper made costume jewellery and they won’t lose their lustre. Don’t put rings or necklaces on straight after applying moisturiser. Costume jewellery can react with moisturisers, so try and let your cream absorb completely. Any oil on jewellery that isn’t precious metal or brass tends to react, it will ruin your favourite piece. Test out the pieces in the store before you buy, do they bend easily? Rub them vigorously and see if they start to tarnish, or is there dye on your hands? Is there any weight to this piece? If any of these negative signs are present, you’re wasting your money. Instead, look for investment pieces that have some weight to them, the clasps are sturdy and the stones are crystals, semi-precious or precious. Start by downloading the ethical accessories guide below. The work is done for you. I’ve made sure to put something in there for all occasions. Let me know how you found the guide by leaving a comment below or instagram using #ethicalaccessoriesguide.